Workshop Descriptions 2017


     Headliners: Jeff Hames and Vanderveer Brothers String Band     

Jeff Hames:         Mountain Dulcimer

Country Classic Part 1:   Mountain Dulcimer    Intermediate 
Want to add some country to your repertoire? I've got a great country classic to show ya in this class!

Country Classic Part 2:   Mountain Dulcimer      Intermediate 
Want to add some more country to your repertoire?  Picking up from part one, I've got another great country classic to show ya in this class while also working on fingering technique.  A lot to learn in this class.

Hot Licks & Embellishments:      Mountain Dulcimer        Advanced
Going to be taking a great fiddle tune and first learning exactly what's on the page.  Then the fun starts as we take this tune and turn it inside out.

Intro to Flat Picking:    Mountain Dulcimer         Advanced beginner and up
Title pretty much says it all.  If you always wanted to learn how to flat pick a fiddle tune on the dulcimer thisis the class for you.

Simple Waltz:        Mountain Dulcimer               Beginner/Intermediate
In this class we will be going over one of my favorite waltzes while also focusing on the fingering technique.


Vanderveer Brothers String Band:

​Group Arranging:      All instruments       Intermediate
Ready to take your group's performances to the next level?  Starting a new group and looking for performance ideas?  In this workshop we will go over ideas and techniques for arranging tunes in a group setting.  Bring your instruments (all instruments welcome) and get ready to have some fun!

Hammered Dulcimer Tricks and Techniques:        Hammered Dulcimer      All levels
​Our two hammered dulcimer players will share some of their favorite tricks and techniques!  From basic chords and music theory to improvisation and hammering we will give you some useful tools for your music-making toolbox.

Pennywhistle for the Very Beginner:      Pennywhistle    Beginner   
Those just beginning to learn to play the pennywhistle will find this workshop beneficial.  Go from "what is it?" to "Hey! I can do this!"   Learn about the pennywhistle, playing techniques and several tunes by workshop end.  See how easy it is to play this beautiful and simple instrument.

Other Workshops and Instructors

Bing Futch       Mountain Dulcimer, Native American Flute, Ukelele

Learning to Play Native American Flute    Native American Flute   Beginner to Intermediate
This beautiful, haunting and expressive instrument dates back 4000 years on the North American continent.  Originally used in courtship and later in ceremonies and, more recently ensemble performance, the Native American flute now enjoys great popularity in all types of music.  You'll be surprised at just how easy it is to play!  In this workshop, you'll learn basics: flute anatomy, how to hold it, breath control, major and minor scales, ornamentation techniques and how to discover your very own spirit song. If you don't have a flute, I will have a limited supply of loaners that are also available for purchase.  Key does not matter if you wish to bring your own.

"Hallelujah: A Study in Song"            Mountain Dulcimer        Beginner to Intermediate
Have a blast in this classic workshop that builds Leonard Cohen's haunting masterpiece "Hallelujah" from a single melody plucked on the mountain dulcimer to adding,a bit by bit, chords, harmonies, arpeggios and strums.  We'll also learn how to "feel" the song, which is so important for any piece of music, but especially this piece!

​​"Make 'Em Laugh/Make 'Em Cry​"      Mountain Dulcimer       Beginner to Intermediate​​
It takes more than just melody and chords to make a great tune.  ABy playing expressively, filling each strum, pluck, pick and arpeggio with felling, you can make music with emotional impact; the very best kind.  We'll look at things technically, using hammer-ons and pull-offs, vibrato, bends, chops and other tricks to ape the human voice.  Then, we'll sing through the instrument. Sound like fun?  We have a blast in this workshop!  

How One Little Fret Will Change Your Life         Mountain Dulcimer     Intermediate
More and more players are adding the 1+ and 8+ frets to their dulcimers and loving it!  In this workshop, you"ll discover how these frets can be useful for not only playing tunes, but also understanding the basics of music theory.  Includes a spin through a couple of really cool tunes that really take advantage of those extra frets.

Ukulele Disney                All Levels   
​Take notes as I show you how to play some of the most magical Disney songs ever written. Easy accompaniment to timeless tunes like "The Bare Necessities", "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and "The Circle of Life".  Bring your mouse ears, your ukulele and note-taking tools as we analyze and demystify the magic of Disney music!

Ukulele Study in Song - "Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"     Intermediate
'Nuff sed!  A low-D string helps to make this song from Bruddah Iz sound just right.  I'll teach you the strum pattern and chords for this beloved medley.


David Lindsey     Hammered Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer for the Very Beginner:    Raw beginner    
​(This workshop will be offered twice) (A few loaners will be available if you need one)
Let​ David show you the ropes on a hammered dulcimer!  This is for those who've never touched the HD or just barely have.  David will give you a basic introduction to the hammered dulcimer, everything you need to get started playing.  You will be playing a song or two by the end of the class.  If you don't have a dulcimer let us know and we can supply you with a loaner.

Learn "Camp Meeting on the 4th of July"          Advanced beginner and up
Learn the old time fiddle tune "Camp Meeting on the 4th of July" with chords and embellishments.




Annette Lindsey       Mountain Dulcimer

Mountain Dulcimer for the Very Beginner:      Raw Beginner
(This workshop will be offered twice) (A few loaners will be available if you need one)
Let Annette show you the ropes on a mountain dulcimer!  This is for those who have never touched the MD or just barely have. Annette will give you a abasic introduction to the mountain dulcimer, everything you need to get started playing.  You will be playing a song or two by the end of the class.  If you don't have a dulcimer let us know and we can supply you with a loaner.


Learn "Shoes and Stockings"        Advanced beginner
Learn a fun old time tune called "Shoes and Stockings".


Gary Sager                        Mountain Dulcimer

Old Time and Traditional Tunes:      Intermediate
Title says it all!  Some tunes may require a capo!

Waltzes and other 3/4 Time Tunes:      Intermediate
Some tunes may require a capo.




Mark Wade           Hammered Dulcimer/All Instruments

Swediah Tune from Delarne:       All Instruments  All levels 
This workshop will teach a beautiful Swediah melody from Delarne.  The handouts will also have chords for rhythm instruments and for melodic embellishments, as well as TAB for mountain dulcimers.  If you are looking for a new slow tune, this workshop is for you!

Syncopation and Embellishment:        All Melody Instruments
This workshop will show you how to shift  notes around rhythmically to add excitement to predictable fiddle tunes.  We will use commonly played tunes for our demonstrations, like, "Soldier's Joy", Chicken Reel, Golden Slippers, and even Carol of the Bells!"

Chord Gym!:          All Instruments    All Levels  
This is a hands-on music class to brush up on your chords.  We'll cover how to build chords, identifying unknown chords from melodies, chord suffixes (like G7b5), and slash chord notation (like Em/C#).  We will reinforce what you already know, and build onto that with unknown chord structures.  Bring your instrument; we're going to work out chords!  This is no lecture class!

Cowboy Dulcimer:       All Instruments Welcome!
We are going to have rootin' tootin' time learning a western cowboy tune or three in this fun class!  We'll need melody players and harmony pickers, so I'll have handouts ready forall levels and all instruments (TAB too!)



Sharon Broyles:       Hammered Dulcimer (all my classes include fun time of rhythm and rhyme!)

​Pachelbel's Canon in D                Hammered Dulcimer      All levels
This easy and elegant piece with endless variations is a favorite at weddings, or played just to sooth your busy day.  Beginner players will feel accomplished. Advanced players will welcome the involved possibilities.

Dona Nobis Pacem                Hammered Dulcimer     All levels
Having three short sections, this classical piece is beautiful played as a canon(in a round) or simply straight through.  Learn just the melody or add chording.

Chording: Boot Camp            Hammered Dulcimer     All levels
Do you have jealous strings that rarely, if ever, are part of the fun?  Let's go meet them!  There are two camps of several chords we'll be marching in!  Bring you water!

Morrison's Jig                Hammered Dulcimer    All levels
​Beginners will learn a wonderful Celtic tune!  Intermediate and advanced players will be challenged to create a harmony that will be exchanged for melody sections.  You'll be pleased with your own arrangements!  Dancers welcomed!



Wendy Songe          Mountain Dulcimer, All Instruments

Graceful Notes          Mountain Dulcimer        Beginner-Intermediate
Join us as we learn techniques of touch and style that smooth out your songs, and turn every tune you play into a graceful work of art.  This class focuses on correcting habits that lead to "choppy" playing and strengthening left and right hand techniques for more legato and less staccato! 

Right Hand Workout                    Mountain Dulcimer           Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced
The music usually tells your left (fretting) hand what to do and where to go....but what about the right (picking/strumming) hand?  Come join us as we focus on flat picking, finger picking, plucking, strumming, muting and other terrific techniques that will rock your world! (Lefty strummers are welcome too!!!!)

Peacemakers Mtn Dulcimer - DAA and DAD tuning      Mountain Dulcimer      Intermediate-Advanced 
DAD/DAA tuning; what is means, why we do it, and how we can all play together peacefully.​  This class will combine DAA and DAD tunings so that students from both schools of thought can come together to play in unison, and gain comfort experimenting in an alternate tuning.  Explore new ideas, unique options for jam survival, song transcription, and harmony building.  You'll take home new skills, new songs, and new friends!!!

Dynamite Dynamics         All Instruments           Beginner-Intermediate 
Your instrument holds the key to a variety of unique, colorful and expressive voices.  This class will give you the skills you need to bring them out in your music.  We will focus on touch & technique, combined with terms & symbols for on-score dynamic notation.  Come "feel" the music and add life to all of your tunes!

The Three P's: Practice, Polish, Performance         All Instruments     Intermediate-Advanced
Let's walk step by step through Wendy's method for practicing your music, polishing it, and preparing to share it with others!  Learn effective practice techniques, keys to constructive self-critiquing, get the inside tips for putting on a successful show and gain confidence in sharing your music with others!

Tablature & Theory Essentials Made Easy                           All Instruments      Beginner-Intermediate
Reading tablature and learning music theory are often begrudged essentials of musicianship; however, this class aims to demystify both in a fun and effective hour of hands-on-instrument experience, pencil and paper exercises, and group activities.  The combined outcome will give you more confidence and know-how to pick up any new piece of music and begin playing, enhance your songwriting abilities, improve your ensemble and sight-reading skills, and more!  If you're been scared by the Theory Monstrer before, come take this fun and easy class - it won't bite!



​Brett Ridgeway                    Mountain Dulcimer, All instruments

Nothing to See Here, Folks        Mountain Dulcimer    All Levels
As we learn to play an instrument, we tend to overly rely on our eyes and essentially "get in our own way" as we struggle to improve our playing. Throughout this unconventional (and fun) workshop, completely blindfolded, you will learn an entirely different method of visualizing and playing your instrument, strictly through tactile experiences and sensations.  Via step-by-step instruction, you will explore a new approach toward playing your instruments, understand the importance of the relationship between your body and the "feel" of the instrument, and "see" your instrument solely through your fingers and hands, while strengthening your "muscle memory" and building confidence in your abilities.  This workshop not only teaches you to play without relying on your eyes, but will ultimately improve your capacity to play instinctively - without visual reliance that can impede your progress.  You will be surprised at how we hinder our own musical potential by teaching our eyes to play rather than teaching our hands...and body.

Let Those Fingers Fly            Mountain Dulcimer    All levels
Tired of playing fiddle tunes like a funeral dirge?  Not able to keep up?  Playing fast is not a matter of talent, but a method of practice.  I have taught these techniques to all ages and all skill levels on many instruments....AND THEY WORK!  One of my students after learning these simple practice skills said in amazement, "It's almost like your fingers play by themselves!"  This workshop will teach you to play smoothly, quickly, accurately and Yes...like your fingers are playing all by themselves.

Fingerpicking So Simple                 Mountain Dulcimer    All levels
Fingerpicking is easy to learn and allows a gentle undulating rhythmic flow to a tune.  You will learn exactly how to arpeggiate tunes and chords with a smooth rising-and-falling, turning a simple melody line into a beautiful, expressive, purely acoustic and interesting piece.  Put your pick aside and let your fingers feel the music!

Canoodling Your Noodle!          All Instruments       All levels
It's time to quit relying on other people's musical compositions and, instead, simply learn to play the instrument right in front of you.  In this workshop, you will understand how to play without relying on what is written on a musically-prescribed piece of paper!  This is not a "tune" workshop, but takes learning much farther.  In this workshop, you will learn to "mix it up",  learning to improvise and embellish on the fly.  If you play any tune ten times through, you will learn the techniques and skills to play it ten different ways, never having to play the tune the same way twice.  This will change how you play and give you a new-found freedom and joy in your playing.  Quit playing with your eyes, and start using your noodle.




Phyllis Woods Brown                   Hammered Dulcimer

"Won't You Sit Down, Have Another Cup of Coffee?"       Hammered dulcimer     Beginner and up
Making fiddle tunes and old Church songs "danceable!!  "    Fiddle tunes should be "danceable"!  Straight out of an old player piano, we"ll take "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" from "yawning" to "foot stomping" in just a few easy steps.  In the process you'll learn a few "licks" that you can apply to a lot of other music as well.  All it takes is a few techniques to make your audience want to tap their feel.  Filling in the spaces and making sure that rhythm is right is the key to bringing tunes alive.  Resurrect your playing in this workshop.


"Where in the World Do They Get All Those Notes?" (More than the melody!)  Hammered Dulcimer  All Levels Benefit
Using Tried and True Methods of Embellishment, we'll explore several methods of embellishment, from harmony to chords to syncopated rhythms.  If you've ever heard someone play and wondered how they're playing all those notes when the melody is so simple, this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, you will learn exercises to help you learn both the notes AND the shapes of your most commonly used chords.  Some neat tricks for adding a chord that isn't writtento  add WOW to your playing.  Ways to teach your hands where to find those chords, so that someday you will be playing a fiddle tune and your hands will extend the chord on their own! (I promise!)

"The Stuff of Fluff - Welcome to the Chord Buffet!"         Hammered Dulcimer         All Levels, Especially beneficial to Intermediate
Chords.  One little word.  Sometimes we are scared of them.  Sometimes we just don't want to take the time to learn them...but: Chords are one of the most, if not THE most important aspects of a tune.  They are the mood of the tune.  They are the feelings.  They're where all those harmony and embellishment notes come from.  They are easy to learn, and I'll show you ow to both learn the notes and the shapes of the most-used chords in our music and how to apply the.  You will learn ways to get the chords "in your hands" as well as in your head.

​"How to Hang on When You're in Over Your Head"      Hammered Dulcimer          Advanced Beginner and Up
​It has happened to all of us at one point or another.  We find ourselves in a jam or playgroup where we feel totally inadequate, and we either panic or simply drop out and listen, or even drop out and go home.  Sure, we DO need to listen, but also learn to join in.  In this "Hammers-on" workshop, you will learn how to play along, even on those tunes that normally make you falter.  You will learn the basics of playing chord back-ups, in different keys and different styles of music, even for the tunes that you don't know!


Jim Miller     Penny Whistle/all instruments

Playing by Ear        All instruments         Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
​Tired of packing all that sheet music to jams?  Amazed at those gifted players who seem to know every tune?  Once you now a major scale on your instrument, you can get started playing by ear.  We are going to use the D-scale, a favorite with mountain and hammered dulcimer players.  We will work through some simple tunes by ear, and cover some techniques for learning tunes and playing melody by ear.  Sheet music and tab will be provided following the workshop.

Whistle for the Mountain Dulcimer               Penny whistle & mountain dulcimer (optional)     Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
​If you know the basics of playing dulcimer from tab, you can play many of the same tunes on whistle using the dulcimer tab.  Not a dulcimer player?  We will cover the basic of whistle and some dulcimer and whistle friendly tunes.  We will work through simple tunes on dulcimer and then use the same tab for playing the whistle.  You will need a D whistle (I'll have a few loaners).  If you have a mountain dulcimer, please bring it.



Bill Schilling              Autoharp/Songs

Beginning Melody Autoharp
The purpose of this workshop is to let participants understand how to find melodies for playing leads on the autoharp.  Participants will be encouraged and instructed on playing by ear and on playing by finding the notes from written music as we understand how our chord bars are related to the notes of the scale.  


Early Acoustic Songs of Bob Dylan           
The purpose of this workshop is to share some of the early acoustic songs written by Bob Dylan (who won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature).  Many of Dylan's songs have made their way into the common folk repertoire and have been covered by others in many genres over the years.  Come prepared to sing and play along on old favorites and less familiar early Dylan songs (handouts provided), or choose to lead one of your favorites of Dylan's from any time period with the group.​


Sharon Kirby             Bowed Psaltery
Let's Get Started:        (beginner)
Learn the basics of playing a bowed psaltery, from tuning to proper bowing technique.  You'll be surprised how easy the psaltery is to play and will be playing a song before the end of class.

Psaltery - Intermediate:          (intermediate)
Have some fun and experiment with writing and playing  your own harmony.  We will also experi  ment with making familiar songs more interesting by adding embellishments.










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                                              Workshops Descriptions 

Bing Futch:  

Traditional Dulcimer Tuning - COG & DATA  (Beginners - Intermediate)
Learn to play your dulcimer in the traditional way by taking this workshop, which gets back to the roots of the instrument.  You'll get familiar with the 1-5-5 tuning and explore new territories within this 














Friday Workshops


                          Mountain Dulcimer Workshops: Friday, June 15, 2012

Annette Lindsey: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  1:00pm   

Workshop 1: Get Out of the DAD Tuning (advanced beginners and up) We will learn a tune “Sandy River Belle” in DAD first and then learn how to take it to two different tunings. We will also discover that chording in a different tuning is easy and full of patterns. Capo required for this class.

Tom Conner/Jan Hammond; (Guitar and mountain dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Hall  2:30pm   

Workshop 1: Duo Workshop This workshop will focus on playing as a duo. They will give examples of how to arrange tune, create a set-list, handle performance glitches, get booked, and create a unique duet sound.

Nathaniel Samsel:  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  2:30pm  

Workshop 1: Put Some Sweet Into Your Melody (novice – Intermediate) The word dulcimer means “sweet melody” so in this class we will go over some cool “extras” to help you make better arrangements and that you can apply to songs you already know: Jammer-Onns, Pull Offs, Harmonics, slides, cool stuff to do with the 1 ½ fret (no 1 ½ needed for class) bends, and more.

Linda Sigismondi: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  4:00pm    

Workshop 1: Spicing Up Melodies (novice) This is a workshop for a beginner mountain dulcimer player who can play simple melodies but would like to add a little more interest to them. Participants will be shown how to add a few chords and harmonies to make their songs fuller. (DAD tuning)

Ruth Hulthen: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 450  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: Dulcimers are Made for Singing (past beginner) In this class we will go over low, middle, and high chords and then we will start using various chords in songs.

                         Hammered Dulcimer Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Mark Wade:  (Hammered Dulcimer) COTC 445  

Workshop 1: Dulcimer 101  1:00 pm  (beginners) Mark will share some shortcuts to successful dulcimer playing and quick tips to get you off to a good start. A great beginning class for music readers AND those who play by ear!

Workshop 2: Arranging for Contests and Solo Performances  2:30pm (Intermediate/Advanced) Mark will show you how to get the most out of your 5 minutes in front of the judges. These same great tips help your solo performances wow audiences even outside of the dulcimer contests!

Roger Mace: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 450

Workshop 1: Absolute Beginner (for absolute beginners!)  1:00  Learn about the hammered dulcimer: instrument sizes, layout, tuning techniques, hammers (types and holding), hammering patterns, playing scale patterns (major, minor, modal), playing arpeggios (dulcimer magic), finding more information/instruction, and learn tune(s).

Workshop 2: Beginner (Beginner/Intermediate)  2:30  Review hammering patterns, simple hammering exercises/techniques, review playing scales and arpeggios, learning tunes by EAR, NOTES and/or TAB, and learn some fun traditional dulcimer tunes. Class questions/answers.

David Lindsey: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  4:00pm 

Workshop 1: Get Out of the D,G,A, Humdrum (advanced beginners and up) David will teach “Billy in the Low Ground” in the key of C.

                                     Guitar Workhops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Tom Conner: (Guitar) Visitors Center: Founders Hall   

Workshop 1: Finger Style Guitar Basic Concepts:  1:00pm Concentrates on proper guitar position, proper hand position, use of fingernails, playing cleanly and basic finger style riffs.

Workshop 2: Finger Style of Chet Atkins:  4:00pm  Concentrates on the basic of Chet Atkins’ thumb and 3 finger style he made popular. Workshop will include work on playing “Freight Train” by E. Cotton in Chet’s style.

                                 Bowed Psaltery Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Tish Westman:  (Bowed psaltery) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall

MESSAGE FROM TISH: "If you have taken my workshops before, all classes will have new music. Any classes that happen to be on both days will have different music. Classes will be progressive so start at the beginning if you are new to Bowed Psaltery. If you are an experienced player, I will make sure you are challenged."

Workshop 1: Simple Start to Understanding Music:  2:30pm  (All instruments welcome! ) If when you look at a piece of sheet music you get confused and just don’t understand what you are looking at then come to this workshop. You will learn the language of music and how to apply it to whatever instrument you play.

Workshop 2: How to Play a Bowed Psaltery: 4:00pm If you have one bring it, if you don’t have one you may borrow during the class. The Bowed Psaltery is very easy to learn to play. No fingering like a dulcimer or guitar. You only play with one hand. You will learn how to bow and will be playing tunes by the end of the class.

                                Harp Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Linda Gardner:  (Harp) COTC R. 460

Workshop 1: Chordal Accompaniment:  2:30pm  (Adv. Beg. Harp) Learn how to read a lead sheet and use the chord symbols to create a harmony to compliment the melody line. Explore basic chord shapes and techniques to add interest in the accompaniment. Music reading skills are helpful but not necessary. Handouts for future reference and practice will be available.  

Workshop 2: Melody Line Fills:  4:00pm  (Adv. Beg. Harp) Take advantage of the spaces between the notes and add ”fill” to compliment the melody line. There are “patterns” you can follow to make you sound like a pro. Music reading skills are helpful but not necessary. Handouts for future reference and practice will be available.  

                             Autoharp Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Bill Schilling   (Autoharp and guitar) COTC 451  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Basic Autoharp: The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the autoharp, acquainting them with different harps, playing styles, setups, simple repairs, practice hints, and/or resources. Participants will hear and use different playing styles.

                              Mandolin Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Mandolin) COTC 451  2:30pm   

Workshop 1: Mandolins We Have Heard on High (beginner-intermediate) The mandolin is a versatile instrument. This workshop will cover some of its uses in an old-time or bluegrass jam, such as chordal backup, chopping, and basic of melody. We will cover a couple standard tunes and learn to play melody and accompaniment behind them. No musical reading ability necessary just be able to count to 4! Workshop will adapt to all levels.

                                       Banjo Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Hunter Walker (Banjo) COTC 451  4:00pm    

Workshop 1: Clawhammer for the Clueless, or Not So (beginner-intermediate) In this class, we will address the basic strum and hand technique used in old-time style banjo. The basic tunings will also be reviewed, along with chords, rhythm techniques, and melodic basics. This will allow you to bring your banjo to a jam and thrive. Capo is not required, but encouraged: no musical reading ability necessary. Workshop will adapt to all levels present.

                                               Spoons Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Emily Pritchard: (Spoons) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Spoons! Did you know that a musical instrument with a cultural history spanning folk music from Ireland to Russia to Turkey to Greece and America can found in your kitchen? That’s right! The spoons, both metal and wooden, have a rich cultural history and in this workshop you will learn how to properly choose, hold, and play this inexpensive and easy-to-learn musical instrument. All ages can learn and class registration includes your own set of metal spoons to take home


                                              Drumming Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

E. Jeremy Rodriguez: (Drums) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  2:30pm  

Workshop 1: Explore World Drumming In this workshop you will be introduced to authentic world percussion instruments including djembe, ashiko, dundun, doumbek, bodhran, and talking drums originating from Africa, Central America, Ireland, Japan, and the Middle East. Can’t read music? No problem! Using Experience Art! International’s “Color Rhythms” technique you will learn traditional drumming techniques, a variety of basic beats, and how to jam in a drum circle. All ages are welcome, no prior experience is needed, and drums will be provided.

                                             Internet/Computer – Friday, June 15, 2012

Linda Gardner:  COTC 460  1:00pm

Take the Mystery out of MIDI What is a midi and what value do they have for us as musicians? Learn how to find midi files on the internet, how to download, save them, and how to convert them to sheet music! We will be using Finale Notepad 2012, the FREE midi editor, to create sheet music personalized by you. Change keys, add chords, change notes and be able to share your finished song with other musicians through email or print. Download Finale Notepad 2012 here: http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/default.aspx. I will have the program, Mac and Win, available at class for installation on your laptop but you do not need to bring a computer to this class, reference handouts will be available for use at home.

Saturday Workshops

                                Mountain Dulcimer Workshops - Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jan Hammond: (Mountain Dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Hall

Workshop 1: Way Beyond the Bum-Ditty:  9:00am  (Intermediate) Play around with rockin’ the boogie-woogie, calypso sweep and the slap & choke. Then we’ll apply them to some fun tunes.

Workshop 2: Abide with Me (hymns from an old book):  10:30am  Learn hymns like Abide with me, We Gather Together, Rock of Ages and as many others as time allows. Several of these arrangements are in parts and can be played with a variety of playing styles from noter to cross-string, chord melody style to fingerpicking.

Workshop 3: Re-Arrange and Sing:  2:30pm  (All levels) Take tunes from various sources (such as the Cyber Hymnal), transpose the key if necessary for a standard D-A-D dulcimer and play the chord progressions to accompany vocals. A chord transposition wheel will be provided.

Workshop 4: Lecture on Therapeutic Music:  4:00pm  (All levels) Listen to examples of music, excerpts from my journal of actual experiences, and discussion on playing for folks at hospice or in nursing homes.

Ruth Hulthen  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC Rm. 460  1:00pm   

Workshop 1: Beginner Duets That Will Make You Proud: (beginner) I find that teaching beginner students duets early on gives them the confidence they need to advance. The student will only need elementary playing skills. I love seeing the excitement on students’ faces when they combine melodies and harmonies with others.

Annette Lindsey: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 451  4:00pm

Workshop 1: Fast and Snappy (advanced beginners and up) Annette will teach two songs, “Little Billy Wilson” in A (capo required) and “Crooked Ridge” in D with chords and embellishments. Both are fun, fast, snappy tunes you will love to play.

Hunter Walker  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: The Art of Arranging (Intermediate) In this class, we will explore techniques and mechanics of arranging and many types of artistic embellishments. This class will take an easy approach to crafting your own arrangements of your favorite tunes and songs.

Linda Sigismondi: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  

Workshop 1: Mountain Dulcimer Styles  9:00am  (Beginner to Novice) In this workshop, beginning to novice players will get a chance to try several different styles of playing the mountain dulcimer including finger picking, bowing, and using a noter (DAD tuning)

Workshop 2: Canal Songs for the Mountain Dulcimer  2:30pm  (intermediate) This is a repertoire building workshop for intermediate dulcimer players. Participants will explore several songs by Pearl Nye that describe life on the Ohio and Erie Canal at the turn of the century (DAD tuning)

Nathaniel Samsel:  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440

Workshop 1: Fiddle Tune Variations:  10:30am  (novice) We will go through several variations that you can easily apply to any fiddle tune and that will help create better arrangements, along with being fun stuff to play with in a jam.

Workshop 2: Rueben’s Train  1:00pm  (advanced) In this class I am going to go over putting feeling into a song. We will look at playing with the rhythm, creating transitions, building and releasing tension, varying the volume and other things that will help with putting feeling into an arrangement. We will work through my version of Rueben’s Train, going as far into it as time will allow, and I will show you how I try to add emotion. Please bring a capo.

Paul Conrad: (Mountain Dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Gallery  1:00 PM--FREE ADMISSION!!!

Workshop 1: Care and Feeding of your Dulcimer - and throughout the festival find Paul at his booth to answer your questions about caring for your dulcimer.

                           Hammered Dulcimer Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mark Alan Wade: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC Rm. 445

Workshop 1: Achieving Hand Independence (int) 10:30am  This is a technique class intended to improve your approach to the hammered dulcimer. Mark will lead you through helpful exercises and a few sample tunes that utilize both hands.

Workshop 2: Adding Chords to Melodies  2:30pm  (intermediate) Mark will show you easy ways to add harmonic accompaniment to simple tunes.

Workshop 3:  Liberty Waltz (int/adv) 4:00PM Learn this fun tune I worte based on the popular fiddle tune, Liberty Reel.

David Lindsey: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Billy 2 (advanced beginners) David will teach “Little Billy Wilson” in the key of A

Norma Trotter: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  9:00am  

Workshop 1: Let’s Play the Hammered Dulcimer (new to beginning players) This workshop will consist of learning about notes, scales, and chords so participants can leave with a good understanding of their instrument. We will learn to play a couple of simple melodies as part of the exercises. Handouts will be provided for review, practice and reference so players can go home with information to continue their pursuit of being a hammered dulcimer player.

Guy George: (Hammered Dulcimer) COTC 450

Workshop 1: Island Tunes on the HD  9:00am  (Intermediate) Learn my arrangement of a cool Calypso tune –back up part, too, if there’s time.

Workshop 2: Chords and Musicality on the HD  4:00pm  (beg. – int.) Learn your chord shapes and basic techniques for the hammered dulcimer.

                               Bowed Psaltery Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tish Westman: (Bowed psaltery) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall

MESSAGE FROM TISH: "If you have taken my workshops before, all classes will have new music. Any classes that happen to be on both days will have different music. Classes will be progressive so start at the beginning if you are new to Bowed Psaltery. If you are an experienced player, I will make sure you are challenged!"

Workshop 1: Simple Start to Understanding Music:  9:00am (All instruments welcome! ) If when you look at a piece of sheet music you get confused and just don’t understand what you are looking at then come to this workshop. You will learn the language of music and how to apply it to whatever instrument you play.

Workshop 2: How to Play a Bowed Psaltery: 10:30am  If you have one bring it, if you don’t have one you may borrow during the class. The Bowed Psaltery is very easy to learn to play. No fingering like a dulcimer or guitar. You only play with one hand. You will learn how to bow and will be playing tunes by the end of the class.

Workshop 3: Dynamic techniques for the Bowed Psaltery:  1:00pm  Learn how to use different bow strokes to create emotion in your music. Get beyond just getting to the right notes, get there with feeling.
Workshop 4: How to “Join the Jam” with the Bowed Psaltery: 2:30pm You don’t always have to play the melody. There are other parts to play, especially if you don’t know the song.

                                            Harp Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Linda Gardner: (Harp) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  2:30 pm  

Workshop 1: Take that Harp or Dulcimer out of the Closet and Play This is an intro class for those who have harps and dulcimers in their closets (or hanging on their walls) that they haven’t played for a while – so get your harps and dulcimers out of the closet, come to this free workshop and “get in tune” with your instruments again!

                                                Guitar Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bill Schilling  (Guitar) COTC 460  2:30pm  

Workshop 3: (Guitar) Modified Travis Style Picking This workshop will concentrate on establishing a pattern style of guitar picking that can be used for accompaniment and later modified (if desired) for more complex finger-style guitar playing. Participants should feel comfortable forming and changing several chords with their left hands. No previous fingerpicking experience is needed and those who have only used a flatpick for the right hand are welcome.

                                               Banjo Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Banjo) COTC 450  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Clawhammer for the Clueless, or Not So (beginner-intermediate) In this class, we will address the basic strum and hand technique used in old-time style banjo. The basic tunings will also be reviewed, along with chords, rhythm techniques, and melodic basics. This will allow you to bring your banjo to a jam and thrive. Capo is not required, but encouraged: no musical reading ability necessary. Workshop will adapt to all levels present.

                                              Mandolin Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Mandolin) COTC 451  9:00am  

Workshop 1: Mandolins We Have Heard on High (beginner-intermediate) The mandolin is a versatile instrument. This workshop will cover some of its uses in an old-time or bluegrass jam, such as chordal backup, chopping, and basic of melody. We will cover a couple standard tunes and learn to play melody and accompaniment behind them. No musical reading ability necessary, just be able to count to 4! Workshop will adapt to all levels.

Roger Mace (mandolin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer) COTC 460 4:00
Workshop 1: Playing Along with Others (beginner – intermediate) This workshop is for fiddle and mandolin players and is aimed at developing skills for playing along with other musicians – particularly dulcimer players.


                                                Autoharp Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bill Schilling  (Autoharp) COTC 460  10:30am   

Workshop 1: Beginning Autoharp Accompaniment--The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to accompani- ment playing styles on the autoharp which will allow participants to quickly and easily accompany folk-style singing or lead instruments in a jam by using simple strumming techniques on an in-tune autoharp. Participants will play different accompani- ment patterns and sing along (if they choose). Feeling the beat and/or counting will be emphasized along with chord changes.

                                                  Fiddle Workshop - Saturday, June 17, 2012

Roger Mace (Fiddle) COTC 460  9:00

Workshop 1: Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle--Review the instrument, bow parts, and setup, holding the instrument, left hand placement for scales, etc., holding and using the bow, discuss learning by EAR and/or NOTES, simple scales practice (intonation skill), playing a simple fiddle tune, and playing a tune like a “fiddler”. Class questions/answers.

                                               Penny Whistle Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Guy George  (Pennywhistle) COTC 450 (“D” whistle needed – I will have some available in varied price range)

Workshop 1: Beginning Pennywhistle: 10:30am  Learn to play the easiest instrument to carry around. I’ll have you playing a tune quickly. We’ll also work on playing in different keys. I use a D whistle.

Workshop 2: Irish Duets:  2:30pm  (Novice to advanced players welcome) I have some favorite Irish tunes arranged for duets.

                                                 Spoons Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Emily Pritchard: (Spoons) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: Spoons! Did you know that a musical instrument with a cultural history spanning folk music from Ireland to Russia to Turkey to Greece and America can found in your kitchen? That’s right! The spoons, both metal and wooden, have a rich cultural history and in this workshop you will learn how to properly choose, hold, and play this inexpensive and easy-to-learn musical instrument. All ages can learn and class registration includes your own set of metal spoons to take home

                                            Drumming Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

E. Jeremy Rodriguez: (Drums) Museum Workroom (back entrance) 

Workshop 1: Explore World Drumming  9:00am  In this workshop you will be introduced to authentic world percussion instruments including djembe, ashiko, dundun, doumbek, bodhran, and talking drums originating from Africa, Central America, Ireland, Japan, and the Middle East. Can’t read music? No problem! Using Experience Art! International’s “Color Rhythms” technique you will learn traditional drumming techniques, a variety of basic beats, and how to jam in a drum circle. All ages are welcome, no prior experience is needed, and drums will be provided.

Workshop 2: Bass, Slap, Tone  1:00pm  Want to go beyond the basic and further your understanding of hand drumming? This is the workshop for you. We will move beyond the basic techniques covered in the “Color Rhythms” workshop and explore more challenging polyrhythmic djembe and dundun exercises. Uplifting and educational, during this workshop Jeremy will take your drumming to a whole new level. Drums will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

                                                  All Instruments – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ann Conley and Country Sunrise Special: (All instruments) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  10:30am  

Workshop 1: Jammin’ Fun A discussion about and sharing of ideas on jamming etiquette and how to get the most fun out of a jam setting. Bring your instruments!


June 16 - 17, 2017